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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:10 pm 
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I always thought the great solo at 6:00 had to be Chris Wood playing sax through some kind of synthesizer, but I have now read that it might be Winwood on keyboards. Any thoughts/opinions?


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Rahdley wrote:
I always thought the great solo at 6:00 had to be Chris Wood playing sax through some kind of synthesizer, but I have now read that it might be Winwood on keyboards. Any thoughts/opinions?

Give us the link. There's a live version and a studio version, both might be on youtube, I'd bet on it. :idea:

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KAPT.KIIIRK wrote:
Rahdley wrote:
I always thought the great solo at 6:00 had to be Chris Wood playing sax through some kind of synthesizer, but I have now read that it might be Winwood on keyboards. Any thoughts/opinions?

Give us the link. There's a live version and a studio version, both might be on youtube, I'd bet on it. :idea:


Studio: (solo starts at 5:42)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEZH0t5Yozw


Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8M8R835Ck4


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:24 pm 
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It's keyboard. You can hear the sax briefly before the keys kick in. There's simultaneous keys and sax for a few seconds as the sax fades into the background. Sounds like Winwood is playing an organ (or even electric piano) with distortion, or I suppose it could be a synth.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:32 pm 
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It sort of reminds me of the main riff of The Cradle Will Rock by VH. It's not a guitar, it's an electric piano.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:43 pm 
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Its an electric piano with heavy tube saturation........

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I never would have guessed an electric piano. How'd they make it sustain like that? Feedback? Pressing the key repeatedly? Voodoo?

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I see my job is finished here....upward and onward! :mrgreen:

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Cool thread Rahdley. I looked around online for a bit and found this:

From an interview in Contemporary Keyboard June 1981:

Bob Doerschuk: One of your earliest synthesizer solos was on the title cut of The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys, with that buzzy tone. Or was that a saxophone going through a fuzz-tone?

Steve Winwood: Actually, it was an organ through a fuzz-box.

BD: Fooled me twice!

SW: Yes! but I think that was the idea. We had been looking for something like synths for a long time, I suppose. I wish they had been around ten years ago. I suppose they were, actually.

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Definitely a cool thread. Nice find Arkay!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:52 am 
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Well there is the answer! I think it's even more impressive as a keyboard solo.


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I thought that keyboard question was known years ago, if you had seen them live . The controversy that seems to still go on is the meaning of the lyrics of the song.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:26 pm 
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Philostopher wrote:
Nice find Arkay!

What about me, man?...
downer mydnyte wrote:
Sounds like Winwood is playing an organ with distortion


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Steve Winwood: "it was an organ through a fuzz-box"

I hope this gives me a smidgen of credibility with Rhadley.


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downer mydnyte wrote:
What about me, man?...


Yes. You got the answer correct, and Arkay found the proof. Kudos to you for knowing your shit! :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:20 am 
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Good analysis, guessing and sleuthing! Lot's of street cred to be doled out.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:19 am 
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Did none of you ever see traffic live?

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none of i never did.


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OK well on Last Exit, a 1969 lp Winwood uses the same technique on the two live tunes, any one have an explanation of the Low Spark lyrics?

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BRAVO SIERRA wrote:
OK well on Last Exit, a 1969 lp Winwood uses the same technique on the two live tunes, any one have an explanation of the Low Spark lyrics?


" A gun that didn't make any noise "

Always thought the song was about a sexually transmitted disease.


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BRAVO SIERRA wrote:
OK well on Last Exit, a 1969 lp Winwood uses the same technique on the two live tunes, any one have an explanation of the Low Spark lyrics?



Last Exit- Similar organ part at around 21:00


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC6IGLPF03Y


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pedro2 wrote:
BRAVO SIERRA wrote:
OK well on Last Exit, a 1969 lp Winwood uses the same technique on the two live tunes, any one have an explanation of the Low Spark lyrics?


" A gun that didn't make any noise "

Always thought the song was about a sexually transmitted disease.



Looks like I am wrong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Low_S ... Boys_(song)


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